In studying holiness, I got stuck with trying to understand it. I had an even harder time thinking of how to explain it. I felt like the Red Buttons’ character in the movie, Hatari.In that movie, John Wayne led a team in Africa catching wildMoreIn studying holiness, I got stuck with trying to understand it.
I had an even harder time thinking of how to explain it. I felt like the Red Buttons’ character in the movie, Hatari.In that movie, John Wayne led a team in Africa catching wild animals. Red Buttons was one of his team. He was scared of animals. He would drive a truck through a herd of rhinos, as long as he was inside the truck and the rhinos were outside the truck.
He would hold a rope with a wildebeest on the other end. He would stay outside the pen while the wildebeest was inside the pen. He would design a rocket to carry a net over a tree filled with hundreds of monkeys. He would stay outside the net and everyone else would go inside the net to grab the monkeys.At one point, John Wayne needed help.
Red Buttons was on the far side of the pens. He was afraid of animals. He was more afraid of John Wayne. He climbed the fence, then walked along the top rail separating two pens.Trying to explain holiness makes me feel like Red Buttons trying to walk that rail, with beasts on either side.Trying to describe a holy life can become a pharisaical list of do’s and don’ts. It can sound like we’re holy when we have our own divine virtue. When explaining holiness, we can fall one way and be devoured by legalism.Knowing that we cannot be sinless and perfect can cause us to fall the other way.
Then we’ll be devoured by license.